NC Student Success Center

NC Student Success Center

The Role of the NC Student Success Center

The NC Student Success Center provides support for all 58 colleges to advance, scale, and sustain student success and completion efforts. We work with colleges to align policies and practices with our mission and values to ensure access, equity, significant learning, and completion of credentials. We also represent the collective voice of North Carolina community college practitioners in state-level and national policy discussions. Our work is informed and guided by an Advisory Board of 19 members from all sectors of the NC Community College System as well as key state-level education and workforce partners.

Our Funding and the National Network

The Center is funded entirely by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the John M. Belk Endowment, and the Kresge Foundation. We are part of a 13-state Student Success Center Network, coordinated by Jobs for the Future, that works collectively to advance the national completion agenda. Read more about our collective work here.

Student Success Framework

Our work to promote greater learning and student completion of credentials is informed by the evidence-based Guided Pathways practices developed by the Community College Research Center (CCRC) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). To minimize confusion among the various "pathways" utilized by NC education and workforce partners, the Center adapted the terminology and launched the NC-GPS framework. The Center invites colleges to review their policies and practices within the framework using the NC-GPS Scale of Adoption Assessment Tool developed by the CCRC and the AACC.

Serving Our Stakeholders at the 58 Colleges

In Fall 2016, the Center surveyed stakeholders about student success efforts and challenges at their colleges. Industry Expansion Solutions, the Center's third-party evaluation team, tabulated and analyzed the survey responses to enable the Advisory Board to identify priorities for targeted and timely support to practitioners across the system. The report is available here.

Center News and Activities

College NC-GPS Essential Practices

The NC Student Success Center is working to share NC-GPS essential practices across the state. Recently, the Center hosted Introduction to the NC-Guided Pathways to Success (NC GPS) Framework at the 2017 Performance Partnership Summit. Presenters from these four colleges shared their student success essential practices:

1.       Clarify the paths. Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Pathways Project

2.       Help students get on a path. Davidson County Community College College Transitions Center

3.       Help students stay on their path. Pitt Community College Success Navigators

4.       Ensure students are learning. Gaston College Sparc3 Project

We'd like to highlight your college's NC-GPS essential practices, so contact us to share your student success efforts.


Contact the Center

For more information about the Center and our work, contact Dr. Roxanne Newton, Executive Director, at (919) 807-7107 or